Hi everyone. It's finally 2012 and well this is my first post for the year. Thought I'd share with you what I did last Christmas/ New Year. A little feast between mom and I was on the way and I had a hand at making lamb cutlets, homemade lasagna and clam chowder.
Get ready for an image-heavy post ahead!
The lamb cutlets are seasoned and peppered to perfection:
We used breadcrumbs and smothered all over the lamb cutlets before we baked them in the oven:
MOM'S SPECIAL LASAGNA
Okie I am not a fan of lasagna but if you love this Italian dish then you gotta have my mom's recipe!
So we start with soaking the pasta layers in water mixed with olive oil:
While waiting for the layers to soak, pour a generous layer of sauce in a baking tray before laying one pasta layer on top of the sauce:
Ooops it split a bit haha:
Once the first layer is on, use a spread cheese and lather on top of the first pasta layer:
Okie once you're done, here comes the fun bit. Sprinkle mozarella cheese (Perfect Italiano brand is a common household item for us!!) all over, on top of the cream cheese:
Once you're happy with the amount, move on to the second pasta layer and repeat the steps all over: Meat Tomato Sauce > Pasta Layer > Cream Cheese > Mozarella Cheese
At the final end, you should have a product that looks like this (zomg kill me now):
Lastly put it in oven to bake, the crust will come out golden brown:
NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER
Oh I love Clam Chowder, and I have found a way to make the perfect bowl even if it comes from the can. As mentioned before the first time I dug into a Clam Chowder is in Perth, and I've been craving ever since then. It's pretty simple really, just substitute water for more fresh milk.
Pour one tin of soup into a pot and 3/4 tin of fresh milk later. Mix well. Or if you're lazy like me just microwave the mixture for five minutes on High. You can add a bit of water if it's too thick or creamy for your taste.
Can you see the bits of clam??
Don't forget the pepper at the end:
Mom got me to set the table outside the balcony overlooking the beach in Melaka. It was a great night to be dining out too as there was wind :)
Great dinner indeed, a small feast between the two of us!
The lasagna turned out too burnt but it was nice nonetheless (cheese melting and all):
Enjoyed my small task in cooking... I don't cook much so this is a real "triumph" for me haha. What simple cooking recipes can you guys on Koolred share? It's part of my resolution to learn to cook this year haha